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Rochester Superintendent Bolgen Vargas to resign

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Rochester Superintendent Bolgen Vargas will resign from his post at the end of December, six months before his contract ends, he announced Tuesday alongside School Board President Van White.

Vargas will stay on through June as an adviser to former Syracuse Superintendent Dan Lowengard, who will serve as interim superintendent while the school board searches for a permanent replacement.

In an interview Tuesday morning, both Vargas and White said that although they share a common vision for how to improve student achievement, their philosophical differences about the balance of power between the school board and superintendent that have proven insurmountable.

“Everybody has known for quite some time that reasonable people can disagree about the role of the superintendent and the board, and that’s something we disagree on,” Vargas said. “This is in the best interest of the district.”

Asked about his plans for the future, Vargas would only say he is considering his options.

The last year has been marked by notable advances in the actual work of educating children combined with increasing strife between Vargas’ administration and the school board — the sort of “adult problem” both sides have repeatedly pledged to avoid.

Discussions about Vargas’ departure began when it became evident the board would not extend his contract next year, White said. For his part, Vargas said he likely would not have sought another term anyway, given the rancorous relationship.

For the full story head to the Democrat and Chronicle